15 Mar Religions, Gender, and ‘Genderism’: Interactions Shaping Gender Equality
Religions, Gender, and ‘Genderism’: Interactions Shaping Gender Equality
October 6-7, 2022, Vilnius, Lithuania
This International Symposium is one of the activities of the research project “Religion and Gender Equality: Baltic and Nordic Developments”. The Project contract is with the Research Council of Lithuania, number S-BMT-21-4 (LT08-2LMT-K-01-036).
The Symposium aims to discuss ways in which religion, gender and ‘genderism’ interact in contemporary society to shape the perceptions and practices of gender equality. The past decade has been marked by an increase of anti-gender rhetoric in the public discourse of many contemporary societies, and resistance towards ‘genderism’ has been shaping public debates and policy measures. Furthermore, both religious individuals and religious organizations have played a significant role in such processes. Different religious organizations have often identified ‘genderism’ as gender equality politics, gender studies and gender-related issues. This symposium will reflect the theoretical and empirical research conducted within the framework of the results of the international research project, “Religion and Gender Equality: Baltic and Nordic Developments (ReliGen)” and invites scholars from the humanities and social sciences to contribute to the discussion with their research.
October 6 (Thursday)
Session 1. Theorizing Religion and Gender Equality: Concepts, Sources and History
Chair: Anne Hege Grung
9.30 – 10.15 The Complexity of Relationship between Gender Equality and Religion in the Baltic States: Private vs Public and Beyond.
Milda Ališauskienė, Dace Balode, Linards Rozentāls, Anne Kull and Artūras Tereškinas
10.15 – 11.00
Theology of the Grassroots: Negotiations of Authority and the Role of Sacred Scriptures in Discourses of Gender Equality.
Marianne Bjelland Kartzow and Dace Balode
11.00 – 11.45
Religious Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Times of “Anti-Gender” in Italy – Different Understandings of “Gender Equality”.
11.45 – 13.00 Lunch break
Session 2. Individual and Institutional Everyday Practices of Gender and Religion
Chair: Dace Balode
13.00 – 13.45 Taking part in global martyrdom: solidarity and discursive international and interreligious links in Lithuanian religious anti-gender groups
Eglė Aleknaitė, discussant Anne Hege Grung
13.45 – 14.30 The Interplay and Context of the Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran Women’s Attitudes Towards Female Ordination, their Religiosity and Views on Gender Equality in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Morta Vidūnaitė, Eglė Aleknaitė, Anne Kull and Girts Rozners
14.30 – 15.15 Between Gender Equality and Religion: the Baltic Practising Muslim Women’s Quest for the Agency.
Morta Vidūnaitė and Anastasiia Babash
15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break
Session 3. Gender and Religion in/and Education
Chair: Eglė Aleknaitė
15.30 – 16.15 Intersection of Religion and Gender in the Textbooks.
Rimgailė Dikšaitė, Olga Shihalejev, Laima Geikina and Kätlin Liimets, discussant Jenny Berglund
16.15 – 17.00 Meanings of “Equality Between Women and Men” in Islamic Religious Education.
17.00 – 17.45 Religious Opinions on Gender Equality in the Baltic States: the Case of the Istanbul Convention and Sex Education
Anne Kull, Gintarė Pocė and Ilva Skulte
October 7 (Friday)
Session 4. Religion and Gender in Discourse
Chair: Anne Kull
9.30 – 10.15 (Re)presentations of Muslim Gender Roles in the Baltics: National Media versus the “Subaltern”.
Dace Balode and Egdūnas Račius
10.15 – 11.00 Religious Voices against “Gender Ideology” in the Discourse on Ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Latvian and Lithuanian Media.
Ilva Skulte, Gintarė Pocė
11.00 – 11.45 Seeking Equality: Relational and Power-Based Conceptualizations of Gender (In)Equality Among Latvian Women of Faith.
11.45 – 13.00 Lunch break
Session 5. Women religious leadership
Chair: Marianne Bjelland Kartzow
13.00 – 13.45 From Patriarchy to Matriarchy in a New Religious Movement:
The Case of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification International under the Leadership of The Only Begotten Daughter.
13.45 – 14.30 Female Leadership in Polish Tatar Muslim Communities: a Decline?
Agata S. Nalborczyk
14.30 – 15.15 coffee break
Session 6. Gender, Sexuality, Religion and/or Ideology
Chair: Milda Ališauskienė
15.15 – 16.00 Gender as ideology? The Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Roman-Catholic Documents.
Nicole Maria Bauer
16.00 – 16.45 Religion, Sexuality, and Reproduction: Experiments in Living with Paradox.
16.45 – 17.30 Religion, Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Same-sex Partnership in Lithuania.
17.30 – 18.00 Closing discussion.
Please download the programme here.
The venue of the Symposium is Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius, Universiteto str. 14, Vilnius.
Organizing committee: Milda Ališauskienė, Eglė Aleknaitė, Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, Anne Hege Grung and Artūras Tereškinas.